July 29, 2014

Salmonella Bareilly and Nchanga Raw Tuna Outbreak Updated

The CDC has updated the Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga outbreak linked to raw scraped ground tuna imported by Moon Marine USA Corporation.  New states now included in the outbreak include California, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

As of May 2, 2012, 258 people are sick in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Salmonella Bareilly infections total 247 persons, and Salmonella Nchanga infections have sickened 11 people. Thirty two people have been hospitalized; no deaths are reported.

The 58 new cases are from:

  • California (2)
  • Connecticut (1)
  • Georgia (1)
  • Illinois (8)
  • Maryland (4)
  • Massachusetts (3)
  • Nebraska (1)
  • New Jersey (8)
  • New York (6)
  • North Carolina (1)
  • Pennsylvania (13)
  • Tennessee (2)
  • Virginia (7)
  • Wisconsin (1)

The dates of onset of illness range from January 28, 2012 to April 20, 2012. Patients range in age from 4 to 86 years, with a median age of 30. Fifty-seven percent of the victims are female. Illnesses that occurred after April 4, 2012 may not be included in the case count. The epi curve estimates there will be 68 more cases.

The patients that contracted Salmonella Bareilly are in these states:

  • Alabama (2)
  • Arkansas (1)
  • California (2)
  • Connecticut (9)
  • District of Columbia (2)
  • Florida (1)
  • Georgia (10)
  • Illinois (23)
  • Louisiana (3)
  • Maryland (24)
  • Massachusetts (27)
  • Mississippi (2)
  • Missouri (4)
  • Nebraska (1)
  • New Jersey (25)
  • New York (39)
  • North Carolina (4)
  • Pennsylvania (20)
  • Rhode Island (6)
  • South Carolina (3)
  • Tennessee (2)
  • Texas (4)
  • Virginia (16)
  • Vermont (1)
  • Wisconsin (16)

The patients infected with Salmonella Nchanga live in:

  • ¬†Georgia (2)
  • New Jersey (2)
  • New York (5)
  • Virginia (1)
  • Wisconsin (1)

Since the CDC uses a multiplier of 30.3 to estimate total cases of Salmonella food poisoning during each outbreak, that means there are likely 7,817 people ill with infections from these bacteria.

If you or anyone you know has eaten raw tuna in the last three months and has suffered the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, including diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, abdominal cramps, and sometimes vomiting, please see your doctor and ask for a stool sample. There are long-term risks from contracting Salmonella food poisoning, and patients should receive medical care.

 

 

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